Chapter 2

History of the Software Industry

The software industry has experienced many ups and downs, with not only innovations and breakthroughs but also some dead ends. To understand where the software industry is today, and how it got there, it helps to look at its history. This chapter considers the origins of software and the software industry and reviews the evolution of the industry into its current state today.

Software in Concept—the Early Days (19th Century)

The history of the software industry is intertwined with that of the computer hardware industry. This should not be surprising, given the mutual interdependence of computer hardware and software. However, what may be surprising is that the first software program existed before the ...

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